The Cade Prize, established in 2010, rewards individuals and companies with an original idea that has market potential. 2019 Cade Prize cash awards will total $50,000, with a $25,000 First Place award, $15,000 Second Place award, and $10,000 Third Place award. The Fourth Place award provides in-kind services to support acceleration. Funding for the Cade Prize competition is generously provided by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida.
The Sweet 16 finalists will be announced on March 15, 2019, and the Final Four will be announced on April 15, 2019. The prizes won by the Final Four will be announced at the Cade Museum’s 2019 Inventivity Bash on May 18, 2019.
Since 2010, the Cade Prize, has drawn hundreds of applications throughout Florida. Soilcea, of Gainesville, FL was awarded First Place in 2018 for work with the genetic editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to create disease-resistant citrus trees (Soilcea is an affiliate member of the USF Incubator at the University of South Florida.) Antibiotic Adjuvant was awarded Second Place, Standing Wave Reformers, Third Place, and Init Weather received the Fourth Place Award. On behalf of Soilcea, Yianni Lagos, Kara Boltz, Pamila Vongdeuane, and Nikki Aiosa accepted their Cade Prize Awards at the Cade’s 2018 Inventivity Bash.